Pride in Culture
Written and photographed
By Jude Bautista
“When we measure strengths its first economic and political then cultural is the recognition of lifestyle based on economic and political factors. Let’s say it’s a mirror of realities in a society. But it’s not only like that it goes two ways. When you discover this then you can use it as a weapon, as a device to change society by changing their point of view. Pag pinalakas mo yung Pinoy through culture mas effective it’s more self-sustaining. Pag sinabi naming LAKAS PINOY Lakas natin kasi Pinoy tayo,” said Joey Tañedo, NCCA Head of the Committee on Visual Arts.
Tañedo was conducting a workshop called LAKAS PILIPINO LAKAS NATIN last April 14-16, 2014 at Palo Leyte for teachers and students. Pinky San Andres and photographer/ Creative Director Noel San Andres organized the project as a way for students to deal with their traumas brought by Yolanda. PALO Culture and the Arts Organization served as vital volunteers for the activity held at the Tierra De Milagros Resort in Palo, Leyte.
An appreciation for our own traditions helps the process of healing, “Sa Pilipino when someone dies we have so many rituals. After the burial may 9 days novena ka. Tapos may 40 days na celebration. Tapos meron kang babang luksa. Di ka na magluluksa. Pag na matayan may itim na pin or suot. Eventually darating yung time a year, tatanggalin mo na. Tapos na.”
The roots of those traditions are not necessarily Catholic, “That’s almost Christian although not recognized by Catholic Church. That’s cultural because they don’t have that in Western countries. Yung matagal ang closure. Kasi nga iba nga yung relasyon sa pamilya. Asian yan parang Chinese.” He is convinced that it is important to show how and why they should be proud to be Filipino and a member of their community.
Apart from the seminars students were able to use SAMSUNG Galaxy S3 tablets so they can express themselves through a photography exercise. Students also learned the basics in COMPOSITION for photography. Teachers were also made to express their feelings through art by drawing using Cray pass.
Both groups learned the unique Filipino subcultures as presented by an NCCA produced video: Kultura ng Pagdidiwata (Harmony with the Spirit World), Kultura ng Paguuma at Paguukit (Devotion to the Arabesque Art), Kultura sa Pamamanata sa Poon (Devotion to the Patron Saint), Kultura ng Pananahan (Devotion to the Family), Kultura ng Pangangatwiran (Worship of the Intellect), Kultura ng Pagaaliw (Culture of Entertainment, Kultura ng Pagtutol (Culture of Social Ills) and Kultura ng Pagkakabansa (Culture of Nationhood).
SAMSUNG Phil Public Affairs Head Arlita Narag said, “We in SAMSUNG believe that culture is a very strong resource. The situation calls for its importance. We have to preserve and promote our own culture. Kelangan ibalik natin kung ano tayo talaga.”
She also shared some important data from a workshop on culture she attended in Singapore, “There’s a local consultancy that surveyed 100 countries on national pride. DO you know who topped the list on national pride? The Philippines.”
Teacher Joy Balagapo of Sto Niño SPED CENTER, Tacloban City shared a time when things were better for the community, “How can we enliven cultural awareness here in Leyte? Parang di siya buhay na buhay ngayon. When I was young I studied at Leyte Normal University at that time buhay na buhay ang kultura noon. Madame Imelda Marcos was the first Lady at that time and she was giving special attention to Tacloban most especially at Leyte Normal University.”
At the same time the workshops were conducted SAMSUNG also brought their washing machines to provide free laundry. LAKAS PILIPINO Managing director Pinky San Andres said, “The project has to be welcomed by the community. In this case it was the cultural officer for Palo, Carlo Romano. We arranged it with Mayor Petilla. The fire station was involved because of the water supply. We got volunteers and it was announced in the barangays so that we could let the people know about it. Yesterday there were a lot of people who attended because there was a free live airing of Pacquiao vs Bradley II fight.”
Participating teachers and students came from: Philippine Science High School, Eastern Visayas Campus, Pawing Elementary School, Palo National High School, Leyte Normal University, St. Paul’s business school and Eastern Visayas State University.
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